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Macon’s Tattnall Square Park a National Leader

07/07/14

Macon’s Tattnall Square Park a National Leader

The College Hill Corridor area in Macon continues to receive accolades for its approach to development and community engagement. Most recently, Tattnall Square Park, located in the heart of the corridor, was named one of 12 Frontline Parks nationwide by the City Parks Alliance. “We selected Tattnall Square Park as a Frontline Park because it exemplifies the power of urban parks to build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” says Catherine Nagel, executive director, City Parks Alliance. The park is one of the oldest urban parks in the country and second oldest in Georgia. As part of the College Hill Corridor, the park and its restoration, spearheaded by the Friends of Tattnall Square Park, are integral to the redevelopment efforts of...

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EV's Help Businesses Go Green

07/01/14

EV's Help Businesses Go Green

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC) presented a panel on electric vehicles at the Clean Tech Leadership Council lunch on June 13. According to panelists, the greatest surge in users may come as big area employers grow infrastructure and incentive programs Coca-Cola Co. transportation planner Eric Ganther says their average company employee drives a 90-minute commute. To help offset employee costs and make getting to work more convenient, the company now offers shuttles, bikes, MARTA/Express incentives, and 85 charging stations for 100 electric vehicle drivers, at no cost to employees – and a cost to Coke of only $.88 per vehicle per day. Richard Lowenthal, the founder and chief technical officer of ChargePoint, a company that manufactures charging stations and...

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Save Album 88

06/27/14

Save Album 88

In May, Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) announced a partnership to air GPB's news/talk programming on WRAS (Album 88 – GSU's student-run radio station) seven days a week, 10 hours a day beginning this month. The outcry against the plan from students, alumni and listeners in the 100,000-watt station's area, which reaches Metro Atlanta's 10 counties, was immediate. And while the deal is still in the works, the on-air date was moved from early June until June 29. Let's take a look at why so many people are against this arrangement. Album 88 is one of the brightest and rarest cultural offerings we have in the state – and a huge part of Atlanta's ability to attract and retain young talent. The resources Album...

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A Focus on the Human in Human Rights

06/23/14

A Focus on the Human in Human Rights

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead That quote is etched in the glass of the water feature outside the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) in downtown Atlanta. It sets the stage perfectly for the stories that are told inside. The center includes not only personal accounts of the Civil Right's movement, but more importantly shows how that movement – born in Atlanta – continues to inspire people around the world. It is a museum that stays focused on the human in human rights with three distinct exhibits – Civil Rights, Human Rights and the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. As you tour the exhibits, you travel from Atlanta, through the South and...

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Sherman’s Necktie

06/17/14

Sherman’s Necktie

Two days before the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman ordered that railroad tracks be destroyed to disrupt the Confederacy’s transportation network. Under the cover of night, Union soldiers heated and twisted the rails, bending them around trees and telegraph poles. Left to cool, the now-useless rails became known as Sherman’s Neckties. In 2011, Stone Mountain unveiled a new work of public art that replicates one such necktie. It stands at the approximate location of the start of Sherman’s March to the Sea, near Shermantown, the historically African-American neighborhood named in honor of the night the general and his troops spent in the area before beginning their march in November 1964. To learn more about the Civil War in Georgia...

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